Carol’s Crafty Corner

Monday, December 28, 2009

An Altered Project

This picture was made as a request from my friend, Kathy. Kathy and I have been very close friends since we were both in the fourth grade. That was a long time ago BTW. I made two pictures with this same theme for a co-worker (and her mom) who gave us fabulous tickets to a UNA football game recently. They wouldn't let us pay for the tickets, so we decided to make something for them. Well, let me tell you, it was a huge success! They both loved it. Kathy also fell in love with the idea when she saw them, so I created one for her new home. I purchased that gorgeous frame from Hobby Lobby along with the paper. Then I used the Lyrical Letters cart to cut the "N" and the Plantin Schoolbook cart for her last name "Nichols". I know she will really appreciate and treasure this gift.

Here is a close-up of the name.

Here is a close-up of the entire pic.

Thanks for stopping by. I am off to work on a new book. Yea! I love making those things!

Have a great day,


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Caitlan's Boardbook

Caitlan is the daughter of a co-worker. She is a cheerleader at RHS.
For this book, I used mostly Everyday Paperdolls, Mickey and Friends, and Lyrical Letters Cricut carts.

A look at the entire book.

On the "C", is chose to spell out her name and use stickles on it.

For the "A", I went to our Tiger Walk and made notes/drawings from Caitlan's Tiger Paw. I copied it almost identical. I think she will really be pleased with this page.

Back of A - Caitlyn's nickname on a megaphone
Front of I - That pic didn't turn out well at all. I used a mat with a chipboard "C" along with a cheerleader pieced using EDPD.
Back of I - I ran the basketball through the Cuddlebug with the swiss dots folder for added dimension. I also used gunmetal stickles on the net.
Front of T - I really like the football. I ran it through the Cuddlebug using the swiss dots embossing folder also. Then, I decided to sew the lines on the football. It is so cute!
Front of L - This little cheerleader is in her warm-up suit. It is a replica of her actual warm-up attire.
Back of L - I wanted to do a "girly" page because Caitlan is a beautiful girly girl. I used the Mickey cart to construct the fingernail polish and along with the lipstick on the next page. I stickled over the top of the polish, and then tied a black bow to accent the bottle.
Front of second A - The lipstick tube and the purse is cut from shiny paper. They are the cutest little things! I also really like the hair ribbon.
A close-up of the fashionable girl
Back of second A - I decided to include a page where Caitlan could list her favorite cheers if she chooses to do so. If not, the lined paper can be used for journaling, etc...
Back of N - Don't you love that #1 finger?!? We are actually runner-up in football in our state in class/division 5A. We had a great season! Congrats team/cheerleaders/coaches!!!!!
Last Page
I know you can't see it, but I used ribbon on the end banner. It really added interest to that page. Aymee said she liked the way I used smaller letters as the banner got more narrow.
The is the back of the book. I really believe Caitlan will love it!!!!
Well, off to work on an altered project.
Merry Christmas,

Caressa's Boardbook for Grace

My daughter-in-law has a friend who just had a beautiful daughter, so she made this book for her. Caressa did most of the work - I just "taught" her how to use the Cricut and put together the paper piecings. I think she did a great job. I don't have SCAL and the deep-cut blades/housing to cut the books with the letters welded to them, so we just cut the letters and adhered them to the far right side of the page. We mainly used Storybook, New Arrival, and Winnie the Pooh carts for the book. Also, the paper we used is from the Nana's Nursery Baby Girl DCWV stack from Hobby Lobby. Caressa thinks the Zutter Bind-It-All tool/machine is awesome! It really does make the books look more professional/neater - in my opinion.

The font is just perfect - don't you think so?

That litte Pooh peeking over the edge is so cute!

When we first began piecing the Eeore, I thought it would never look like it should. However, as you can see, it turned out just right. It just takes a little patience and manipulating of the pieces - as well as constantly looking at the pic in the book that comes with the cart.

The addition of the clear/glittery bubbles is adorable!

Little Piglet is just amazing! It is on the page opposite the bath tub - hence - the umbrella.

Tigger was another piece that took some patience and use of the book. He is the most precious addition to the book! He is so fun!

Don't you just love him!

This back page is for a little family history if the mother chooses to use it in that manner.

What do you think of Caressa's first attempt at boardbooks and using the Cricut?!?

Check back soon for more boardbooks, cards, and an altered project.

Carol :)

Anna Boardbook

This boardbook was designed for a young lady named "Anna". Anna is involved in many extracurricular activities - some of which are included in her book. Everyday Paperdolls, Lyrical Letters, and Mickey and Friends were the carts I used for this book.

I hope you can tell that I used "thread" to make the shoe laces. It is so cute! Also, on back of the first A, I made a basketball goal to decorate the mat which can be used for journaling or photos.
I included some tiny diamond-looking gems for earrings on this page.

This page is dedicated to the "Tiger Walk" at our school. We have tiger paws painted on the road leading to our stadium. Each year, the ball players' and cheerleaders' moms choose a paw to decorate which represents their child. I think that sometimes the cheerleaders design/decoate their own paw. Its really neat to drive by the stadium and see the unique paws on the road.

Go Tigers!!!!!
Carol :)

Hunter Boardbook

This boardbook was made for a young man named Hunter who loves hunting. How appropriate is that! I haven't decorated many books with a "male" theme, but I have to say that this book was so much fun to make. It is so cute! The pics really don't show just how adorable this book really is - Sorry. Also, I didn't take pics of the finished book - Or if I did, they aren't on my laptop. I used twine in a few places for some extra bling, and I also used it on the binding. I used the Winter Wonderland and Everyday Paperdolls Cricut carts mainly in decorating this book.

I made a 2-way radio for his hand on this last page. I also used black stickles on the tires, silver stickles for the bumpers, and silver buttons for the hubcaps. It really made the truck stand out.
Thanks for stopping by,
Carol :)

A Plethora of Boardbooks

Well, it has been quite a while since I have updated my blog. Hopefully, I can do a much better job in keeping it current. Aymee and I have been extremely busy with boardbooks-as you will see. Aymee designs them with her SCAL, cuts them, and then we decorate them. I really enjoy making these adorable treasures.

We have made several with the word "FAMILY" - they have been decorated with the following themes: Beach, Bama, Fall, Christmas,

I had a blast with the beach book. I mainly used A Child's Year and Life is a Beach Cricut carts for its design -

Hopefully, you can see some of the detail in these pages. That is what really "made" this book. Thanks for taking the time to drop by. Please check back soon for more boardbooks.
Merry Chirstmas,
Carol :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Watermelon Festival

Good Evening! Well, as you could tell I haven't posted anything on my blog is a couple of weeks. We are back in school, and I have been extremely busy. Also, I have sprained my right wrist and am having to let it "rest" and give it a chance to heal. I hope to be able to scrap some Saturday.

In our little town, we have a Watermelon Festival in August every year. We always enjoy the car show, vendors, musicians, and children's activities. We spent most of our weekend (August 14 - 15) having a "blast" with Carter. That child has a good time at whatever he does.

It was extremely hot on Saturday, and Carter was really feeling the heat. Here he is cooling off with the mist from a fan.

Here he is doing what he does any time he is outdoors - climbing.

His favorite of all the activities was the trampoline with the stretchy bands attached to the jumper. He loved going "way up top" as he says (and he went waaaayyy up top).

He didn't like this climbing wall as well as the first one he climbed.

This is him carrying Momaw's chair for the concert. He is getting so big!

Thanks for stopping by,

Carol :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Below is a layout of a pic taken while on the island of Cozumel. It was a gorgeous day, and the massage was just what I needed; it was so relaxing and soothing. The layers of blue simulate ocean waves; one of which "rolls" slightly to the top of the pic. The rhinestones are droplets of water.

The title - serenity - was cut using the Life's a Beach Cricut cartridge.

I hope you are having a great day! Come back for a visit soon.

Carol :)

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